Marquis Teague, PG, Spiece – Saturday afternoon against Baltimore Elite, Teague was at his best. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound floor general got into the lane at will and once there he usually did something impressive, whether it was finish over a defender or drop off a pass to a cutting teammate. Offensively his biggest weakness has always been his jump shot and although he didn't shoot it particularly great from three, he did hit a number of mid-range jump shots.
Nick Faust, SG, Baltimore Elite – We've heard the rumblings out of Baltimore about this 6-foot-6, 175-pound wing. A standout at Baltimore (Md.) City, Faust answered Teague's buckets at the rim with deep jumpers with defenders draped in his face. But Faust, who does need to add some muscle mass to his frame, did some things off the dribble as well. He didn't show much from the mid-range but he did have a handful of athletic finishes at the rim. The spring is here is this could be a fast rising junior.
Jakaar Sampson, SF/PF, King James – We certainly didn't see Sampson's best game, but we could tell why recruitniks in Ohio are singing his praises. A 6-foot-7, combo forward, Sampson has good length, he moves well and is active on both ends. His jumper appears to be getting better and he's clearly showing more confidence in it.
Raphael Davis, SG/SF, Spiece – We've seen this Purdue commit a handful of times, but this was by far the best effort we've seen him string together. Early on majority of the Spiece team deferred to Teague, but Davis began to heat up late in the first half and strung together a number of three-pointers as well as a crafty drive to the basket. The 6-foot-5 wing is a talent, but seems to take plays off. If he brings a consistent effort he has a chance to be a nice player.
J.P. Tokoto, SF, Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16's – Early on he struggled to get his jumper to go, but the 6-foot-6 wing fought through his misses and managed to put together a solid outing. He's gifted athletically and has all the tools to be an elite wing. A good majority of his buckets came at the rim and he's managed to develop a nice off hand floater, which he used twice in a loss to Ferrari. Going forward he'll need to continue to spruce up his jump shot, but he's a heck of a talent.
Phillip Nolan, C, Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16's – We got a nice surprise when we were watching Tokoto and the Playground Warriors. Nolan, a slender 6-foot-10 big man, ran the floor well, used his length to block shots and scored around the rim. It's clear he's lacking in strength, but he has some natural ability and a great set of hands that caught everything thrown his way.
Jamal Reid, PF/SF, Southern Kings Gold 16's – The brother of Georgia player Jeremy Price is an interesting prospect because he appears to be in between positions. At 6-foot-6, he's a strong built combo forward with good hops and an ability to over power defenders on his way to the rim. He's a guy we'll pay close attention to over the next two years to see how his game develops.
Aquille Carr, PG, Baltimore Elite – Despite his size (5-foot-7) and his class, Carr wasn't shy when he got in the game. Not only did the mighty might point guard show off his speed, impressive athleticism and vision, but he didn't back down from the top rated point guard in the 2011 class – Marquis Teague. As the jawing grew more rampant, Carr played better and better. Now the Baltimore (Md.) Patterson product is a bit wild, but he's an impressive talent.
William Ferguson, PG, Team Takeover 15's – During the high school season Ferguson learned from Kendall Marshall. Now Ferguson, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, is playing AAU ball and he's doing it well. Against the Albany City Rocks 15's, Ferguson clicked off at least a half dozen mid-rang jumpers, while mixing in a few three-point bombs. He's got good speed, handled the ball well and made good decisions with the ball.
Shacore Edwards, SG, Playaz 15's – A slender 6-foot-4 wing, Edwards made the most of his opportunities against Boo Williams second team. Edwards showed good-looking form on his jump shot and he managed to knock down a few jumpers from both mid and long range. He showed good body control, was good in transition and is an OK athlete. Obviously it's still early, but Edwards is a prospect we look forward to watching develop.
Javon Ogunyemi, PF, Albany City Rocks 15's – For just a freshman Ogunyemi has good size at 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7. He maneuvered in the paint for a few buckets and showed a nice looking jump hook over his left shoulder. While the Playaz had a few more guys inside, Ogunyemi certainly held his own against the more opposing front line.
Kasey Hill, PG, Each 1 Teach 1, 15's – Even playing up in the 16's division, Hill, of Orlando (Fla.) Mount Dora Bible, didn't have any problem dominating the game. Boo Williams couldn't keep him out of the lane and once he was in the paint he was trouble to deal with. An athletic lead guard, Hill easily creates spaces, sets up teammates and is a pretty good long-range shooter. He's as good as any guard we've seen in the 2013 class.
Andre Horne, PF, Each 1 Teach 1 15's – Boo Williams simply didn't have an answer for this 6-foot-7, 220-pound physical monster. Any and every rebound available Horne seemed to snatch. Horne is quick off his feet and is a guy that puts up maximum effort on each end. While rebounding was what caught our eye, he certainly did more than snag boards. Equipped with a great set of hands, he caught everything thrown his way and he showed nice touch around the basket once he caught passes in the post.
Goodluck Okanabah, C, BABC – In the final game of the day Okanabah was a treat to watch. At 6-foot-8, 210-pound he's got a long, slender frame and is equipped with a nice set of hands and good touch inside. He's in serious need of a weight-training program, but he's only 15-years old and is loaded with potential. Last year it was Nerlens Noels, this year it's Goodluck Okanabah.
Following Shabazz Napier's afternoon game, he talked about the possibility of moving to the 2010 class. Napier said it's not a definite, but something that he's definitely looking into.
Stanford Robinson, a 2013 prospect that plays with Team Takeover 15's, put together an all around solid effort during a morning game. The 6-foot-3 southpaw wing hit a trio of mid-range jump shots. Joshua Marquez, a 6-foot-6 forward for the Playaz 15's, proved to be a good spot up shooter from long range and also scored around the rim. Austin Burgett showed some promise against Baltimore Elite. The 2012 prospect worked well with Teague finishing off a few of his assists around the rim. Darrell Bowie, a 2012 prospect, had his moments for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. He's a 6-foot-5 hybrid forward that gets a lot done around the rim. Derrick Randolph is a speedy 5-foot-8 lead guard out of Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young. He has deep range on his jump shot and gets in the lane when he wants. Gabrielle Snider, of Ferrari 16's, caught fire against the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. At this point he's a catch and shoot guy with good range. Demarcus Croaker is a good-looking prospect. The 6-foot-3 wing is a quality athlete that loves to attack the rim. The Playaz 16's team top standout was Dallas Anglin. The 6-foot-2 guard lit it up from long range when we watched. Alex Foster, of Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle, had his moments against BABC 15's. We liked his use of both hands around the basket.